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Federal Election 2016

The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016. Australian citizens overseas, aged 18 years or over and who are already enrolled, can vote while overseas. It is now too late to enrol to vote in this election.

Postal Votes
Postal voting is recommended when you are overseas. Online applications for a postal vote (for enrolled voters) are available from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016.

In-Person Voting
The Embassy's voting centre (Moscow only) will be open for in-person voting during the following periods:
- Tuesday 21 June: 16:00 to 19:00 (please note there might be delays on this day)
- Thursday 23 June: 16:00 to 19:00
- Saturday 25 June: 10:00 to 15:00
- Tuesday 28 June: 10:00 to 14:00
- Thursday 30 June: 15:00 to 20:00

In-person voting will only be available during the above times. To access the Embassy, you will need to present your current Australian passport as identification and be prepared for a security inspection. There are no exceptions to this policy.

For information on voting in Australian elections, check our Smartraveller Bulletin or the Australian Electoral Commission.

Russian ANZACs: Threads of a Buried History

The photographic exhibition 'Russian ANZACs: Threads of a Buried History' tells the remarkable story of more than 30 of the 1,000 or so Russian Empire-origin individuals who fought for Australia during WWI including many at Gallipoli. A largely unknown history until the work 10 years ago of pioneering Russian-Australian researcher Dr. Elena Govor, you can learn more about these forgotten ANZACs until 30 September.

Date: 1 June to 30 September
Venue: Ratnaya Palata WWI Museum, Tsarkoe Selo (25km from St Petersburg)

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Caretaker Period

Following the announcement of the Federal Election, the Australian Government entered a caretaker period on 9 May 2016 until a new government is sworn in. During the caretaker period, caretaker conventions apply to Australian Government agencies, entities and overseas missions.